I’ve been saying it for the last several years but this is finally the year I’m going to do it, I’m going to get that fruit orchard in!
I’ve been wanting to start a fruit orchard and berry garden at our home for many years now but I had absolutely no luck transplanting apple trees at our first house because of the soil quality and I just haven’t found the time to get started here at the farm for the last few years, but this is going to be the year, I promise! I’ve finally found what looks to be a good source for the fruit trees and I’ve dedicated a section of the yard for some raised beds for asparagus, raspberries, and rhubarb. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is….
I was contacted by Stella Otto, the author of The Backyard Orchardist a few weeks ago. She told me all about her recently revised the book and I was very interested in learning more because starting a backyard orchard is exactly what I intend to do this year. So Stella sent me a copy of her book and today I’m sharing my thoughts with you.
The Backyard Orchardist starts off with tips on how to get started with selecting fruit trees. It will help you take a look at everything from your site, climate, soil, and growing season. After all, it doesn’t really work to try and grow certain trees where they just don’t grow as I quickly found out at our old house!
Then the book moves into talking about the different varieties of fruits: Pome Fruits and Stone Fruits. There is also a chapter on how to care for your fruit trees and what to do about pests and diseases. Finally, it moves into a chapter on how to harvest and store your fruits. There is also a large appendix in the back of the book with additional tips and resources.
Throughout the book, there were many different helpful illustrations. I wish a few of them had been in color as they would have been a little easier to understand but overall the illustrations added to the book content and helped to explain some of the more difficult concepts to describe.
I think the book, The Backyard Orchardist will be very helpful to us as we attempt to transplant and grow some wonderful fruits in our yard this year and for the years to come. I’m looking forward to having it around as a reference guide when I have questions and am not sure where to turn.
Win a copy of The Backyard Orchardist: A complete guide to growing fruit trees in the home garden.
Stella Otto, author of The Backyard Orchardist is offering a signed copy of her book to one lucky reader of Little House Living. Enter to win by filling out the form below.
Fine print: One entry per person; additional entries will be disqualified. Open to U.S. residents only, due to shipping costs. The winner will receive one author-signed copy of The Backyard Orchardist. The Giveaway is open until midnight on 3/24/16. The winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.
How to purchase if you were not the lucky winner…
If you were not the lucky winner, but would still like to dig into a copy of The Backyard Orchardist and enjoy your own fruitful harvest, copies are available on Stella’s website (www.stellaotto.com). By ordering directly, you will receive a signed copy. You will also contribute to keeping a small, independent business thriving and able to provide the latest in fruit growing information. If none of that matters to you, unsigned copies are also available at booksellers nationwide and on Amazon. Fruitful gardening!